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My First 6 Months Of Being A Professional Dungeon Master

Posted in D & D, DORAGON Adventures, Dungeons And Dragons, Professional Dungeon Master, Writing with tags on July 3, 2022 by darkjade68

My Professional Dungeon Master Beginnings

Doragon Kishu (Dragon Rider & Paladin)

In the last week of December, I decided to give Professional Dungeon Mastering a try

I’ve been Playing/Dungeon Mastering Dungeons & Dragons on and off for 35+ years, it’s one of my greatest joys

Being I’ve always Homebrewed (Created my own material), as opposed to using official or 3rd party books & material, I decided I would start by using a 5e (D & D 5th Edition) Module I wrote and published two years prior (2019)

That way I’d be super familiar with the material I was running

Image Credit MoodyBlue/DeviantArt

Generally I ran ‘Theater of the Mind’ when I DM’d (Dungeon Mastered) campaigns, but because it was Professional Dungeon Mastering, and people were paying me, I decided to also include Roll 20 so that I could include maps etc.

I started with a Thursday game, then a Friday game, but soon combined the two to make one Friday Game

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‘ICERN’ Dungeons & Dragons 5e Trailer

Posted in D & D, Dungeons And Dragons, Fantasy, Professional Dungeon Master on June 18, 2022 by darkjade68

The First Is On Thursdays 12-3pm PST @ ICERN Thursdays

My Second Is On Saturdays @ 12-3pm PST @ ICERN Saturdays

Join The Adventure!

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New ICERN Dungeons & Dragons Campaign… Join The Adventure!

Posted in D & D, Dungeons And Dragons, Professional Dungeon Master on June 14, 2022 by darkjade68

Try Dungeons & Dragons! My Newest Campaign, ICERN

Doragon Kishu (Dragon Rider & Paladin)

My Brand New ICERN Campaign Will Be Used For Two New Campaigns!

The First Is On Thursdays 12-3pm PST @ ICERN Thursdays

My Second Is On Saturdays @ 12-3pm PST @ ICERN Saturdays

Join The Adventure!

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Emory, A Warlock Born (Part II) Nothing’d Be The Same

Posted in Dungeons And Dragons, Fantasy, Fiction, Writing on June 2, 2022 by darkjade68

Part II Of Emory, A Warlock Born

Doragon Kishu (Dragon Rider & Paladin)

Emory, A Warlock Born

by Doragon

Part I

Part II – Nothing’d Be The Same

My father is a terrifying being…

…though I’ve seen him a thousand times, when he came into my room the next instance, holding the black book I’d opened, it sent dread through me like a shot

In that same instance my glowing runes that floated above me dropped upon my chest… he did not see

‘EMORY!! DID YOU TOUCH THIS BOOK?!’ he spoke sending tremors straight through me and the walls that surrounded me

My mind slowed…

…what would I say?

How could I lie… he’d know

‘Yes father,’ I replied, knowing this could be the end for me… Destroyed and forgotten

He calmed, then step forward, and kneeled before my bed… I’d never seen anything like this from before

‘Son… You must be careful with the books in my library… They’re…’ he stood

‘Don’t…

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Emory – A Warlock Born

Posted in Blog Series, Dungeons And Dragons, Fantasy, Story, Writing with tags on May 25, 2022 by darkjade68

A New Tale

Doragon Kishu (Dragon Rider & Paladin)

Emory – A Warlock Born

Art by Katmedic

Emory – A Warlock Born

by Doragon

Part 1

Emory was a small child, in a dangerous place…

A half Demon, pitch black of skin, eyes of glowing blue, he’d sit cross legged on the floor of his father’s library, studying his Runes

His father never really spoke to Emory, they’d sit across from one another at dinner…

…his Father all the way at the end of a long, fancy table…

…whilst Emory sat at the opposite, always with his Runes, with an occasional glance at his Father’s end of the table

But they never met eyes

Emory never met his mother…

…truth be known, he’s not even sure what Race she was… Human… Elf… He couldn’t be sure, and his Father surely never spoke of her

It was a Demon life… in a Demon place… his home was almost the size…

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Want To Give Dungeons & Dragons A Try? Check Out, ‘Darkness To The North’

Posted in D & D, Dungeons And Dragons, Professional Dungeon Master on May 23, 2022 by darkjade68
Haunting mist amongst gnarly trees in a forest early in the morning.

In January of this year, I decided to give Professional Dungeon Mastering a try (Currently running a Monday & Friday Game)

I’ve played Dungeons & Dragons on and off for 35 years, published my first Adventure Module for it in 2019, and have been working on the 2nd Book since

And I’m a Writer/Filmmaker

The reality is, I’m a Storyteller & I love it, what an amazing place/way to immerse in a world & a character

On that note, I’m beginning two 1 to 3 session games/adventures… The first will be on Thursdays 12-3pm, PST… And the 2nd on Saturdays, also at 12-3pm PST

By running these shorter Campaigns (Like I say, 1 to 3 sessions), it can give people an opportunity to check out Dungeons & Dragons, without committing to a long term weekly game

Though they may want to after playing, cuz D & D is great, lol

Anyway, if you’d like to give it a shot, you can sign up here;

Thursday ‘DARKNESS TO THE NORTH’

Or Saturday ‘DARKNESS TO THE NORTH’

Free Session Zeroes will take place once you sign up sometime before the actual first session, where we can build your Character

Nuff said,

DarkJade-

The Legend Of Vox Machina, A True Review (3+ months after Premiere)

Posted in Dungeons And Dragons, Television Review with tags , on May 12, 2022 by darkjade68

My History With Critical Role

I started watching Critical Role on and off in 2017

I didn’t super click with the characters, but I loved Grog & Travis Willingham, and Matt was a tremendous Dungeon Master (Which is my thing)

I will say, the group’s friendships were what were most awesome to me, so rare to have a group of friends that are that close, at least that has been true for me

I was super excited for Season 2, caught it from the beginning, and pretty much watched the whole thing

Loved Jester (Laura Baily), Fjord (A Paladin/Warlock Half-Orc with 2 accents, come on), and the tragedy turned legend of Mollymauk (Taliesin has great concepts for characters)

The Kickstarter Project & Future Animated Series

I was not surprised at all about Critical Role’s Kickstarter success, I believe they’d done one for a D & D Mini which shot over a million, surely one for an Animated Special would blow that away, and it did

The Legend Of Vox Machina

I admit, though I didn’t really click with the original Critical Role Season 1 Characters (Save Grog, who I loved), I was still very excited to see the animated series

Like I say, the friendships of the group, coupled with Matt’s world, coupled with all of their immense Voice Acting talent, coupled with Titmouse (Who seemed awesome and inspired), seemed like they’d churn out at least a decent show…

…but it’s much more than that

The Story

(SPOILERS)

For me, the Briarwoods were my absolute favorite part of either of their first two D & D Campaigns, and I also love Vampires, so I loved them

Starting with the Dragon Mystery (I also love Dragons) also worked

The Main Characters

Scanlan, Scanlan, Scanlan… His character was absolutely hilarious, and Sam Riegal’s songs were just awesome, executed with a subtleness, never going over the top, hilarious and enjoyable

Pike such heart… Ashley Johnson just created such a compassionate, hearty, deep character, and I love her in this

Grog I admit I loved him so much in the Critical Role Season 1 actual play, it would be difficult to match Travis’s body of work portraying him, but in the series he is absolutely hilarious, not just dumb, he’s intuitive and has a giant heart

Keyleth was/is just great… I really didn’t connect with her in the in person Campaign, though I know many did, but in the series she’s not just powerful, she is bright eyed, and full of light… Marisha does a really subtle/strong job with her

Vax I actually really struggled with Vax in the live Campaign, but in the series, Liam just voices him with such subtlety (That word again)

He’s probably my favorite character in the series

Vex was tough in the live play, because I grew up with a really not nice sister, so I just don’t have a lot of tolerance for not niceness, lol. But in the series, on first watch, she didn’t really stand out to me… But after watching it many more times, she has some really great moments/comments/one liners, and left me wanting to know/hear more from her in the future

Percy Once again, an amazing concept, Taliesin does not disappoint… And I admit, the first hand full of episodes, I really dug Percy’s ‘Batman-esq-ness’… But by the end, he felt a bit much for me at least… I’m sure I’ll get a lot of slack for feeling this way, as I know by watching a lot of React Videos on YouTube, he’s most people’s favorite character… That said, Taliesin’s voice work in The Legend Of Vox Machina is exceptional

Final Verdict

Great Villains, amusing and full of heart Heroes, awesome Animation, great Music by Neal Acree (And songs by Sam etc.), great heavily Matt influenced Story, cool/interesting animation, The Legend Of Vox Machina is a blast, can’t wait for next Season!

Nuff said,

Thanks for listening/reading

DarkJade-

DORAGON – Dungeon Master For Hire (Current Campaigns)

Posted in Dungeons And Dragons, Professional Dungeon Master on April 21, 2022 by darkjade68

Two of my Current Paid Dungeon Master Campaigns

In this video I discuss/talk about 2 of my Paid Dungeon Master Campaigns, where they’re at, and the Players

Check it out!

Monsters Of The Wilderness – In Review

Posted in Book Review, Dungeons And Dragons, Product Review, Writing on April 6, 2022 by darkjade68

Doragon Kishu (Dragon Rider & Paladin)

Wow, what an amazing book… The Themes right off the bat, this isn’t just a list of monsters, this is a serious Dungeon Master Tool

I love the Ocean Section

And the Art by Travis Hanson once again, such a great feel

The Arctic Section is also awesome, will definitely be using some of these guys

The Desert Region

Jungle/Swamp Region, this book is awesome

Been looking forward to the Forest Region

And the Mountain Region

Cawood does not disappoint, so much work goes into these books

There’s also Wilderness Events Tables, and a couple Subclasses in the back (Druid & Ranger)

This book is loaded with stuff for the Dungeon Master

Andrew & his Crew have done it again

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Monsters of the Wilderness @ DriveThruRPG Here

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And my Twitter Here DORAGON Kishu

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‘Welcome To Thunsorra’, Session One Of My First Twitch Dungeons & Dragons Campaign!

Posted in DRAGON RIDERS, Dungeons And Dragons on March 2, 2022 by darkjade68